New England Patriots Links 12/19/11 - Patriots Find Favor, Buck the Broncos

This was going to be my headline this morning, but a fan beat me to it.

Tom Brady responds to a question about winning in Denver and clinching another division title.

"It was a good day for us. It was a very emotional game. The place was really rocking early. We showed some mental toughness, playing hard for 60 minutes. We really played good football. It's what we needed."

This is a good Denver Bronco team, and we focused all week on our job and what we had to do. Obviously Tim's had a great year. They're in first place in their division; they've had a very good season, also. We knew it was going to be a 60-minute game. I thought we really played well for all 60 minutes for the first time all season."

Jerod Mayo speaks to the media after the win in Denver.

On how the win feels "It feels good; it was a team effort and we got the victory."

On the adjustments they made to stop Denver's offense "(Denver) came out smoking. We had to make a couple adjustments on the sideline; that's what football is all about, making adjustments and getting the job done." On what playing a '3-4' defense allowed the Patriots to do "Show different looks, as far as bringing different people and things like that. Setting the edge, and I thought the guys did a good job."

On forcing Denver into three turnovers "We always talk about turnovers, and turnovers are huge, especially as far as wins and losses are concerned. Turnovers were huge today."

Vince Wilfork talks about stopping a potential Denver fourth-quarter rally.

We executed our game plan. We knew they were going to come out fighting, come out fast. But our main goal was to weather the storm. We knew going into the game we were going to have to adjust. We saw that in the first quarter. We take a lot of pride in doing our homework in the fourth quarter. We knew [QB Tim] Tebow and the Broncos like to play well in the fourth quarter, but that's one of the things that we try and do. Our main goal was to get to the fourth quarter and fourth-quarter execute, which we did."





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